Oct 8th 2017 by Peppergirl27 • 27 Questions • 362 Points
Hi my name is Charlie Hamilton James and I’m a National Geographic Magazine photographer. As a kid all I wanted to do was shoot for National Geographic and finally, after a lot of years, I work for them pretty much full time. Many of us who shoot for the magazine specialise in certain areas and subjects. I started out specialising in wildlife then I broadened out to cover other subjects - vultures was my favourite wildlife story. Now I tend to shoot people and animal stories - usually conservation based. I recently finished a story on wildlife poisoning in Africa which is a huge problem and an untold story. It’s pretty depressing stuff but an important story to tell. Currently I’m shooting four stories for the magazine - one on sea otters which I haven’t started yet but can’t wait to get going on - I’m a massive otter fan. Before working as a still photographer, I made wildlife films for the BBC and worked as a wildlife cameraman; but I love shooting stills far more than shooting movies.
Photos of Yellowstone: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/05/yellowstone-photographer-hamilton-james/
Thanks so much everyone for the questions - they were all nice ones! Have a great day. I'm taking the doodle out now to check my camera traps. See ya!
What were your thoughts while it was happening? I've heard soldiers say that they don't think about risks in the heat of the moment, but they realize how terrifying a moment was after the adrenaline goes away. Is that true? That in the moment your instincts are about survival over fear?
There's footage of you chasing him all the way to the elevator before ( seemingly ) getting ushered away. If you had somehow made it into the elevator, what would you have asked/ how would you have reacted?
What is your favorite thing about that amazing friend who posted your lion artwork and thus started this whole journey? :)
Have you ever wanted to collaborate with You Suck at Cooking?
Do you ever like to remind your daughters that youre a real disney princess? Do they ever ask you to sing like Anna?
Would you sing a song Noel wrote you if he offered it to you for your solo album?
For years and years my dream job has always been 'National Geographic Photographer'. Seen as I'm likely to never make it, can you humour me and give me some of the downsides to doing the job that you do? :)
Oh yes, he was brilliant. I did a few of my piano exams with my hearing aids out, putting my bare feet on the pedal part of the grand piano in the examination room to help me with dynamics.
I've heard that he supposedly memorised the sound of every key on the piano before going deaf in order to write music, but now I'm actually wondering if what he memorized were intervals and harmonies.
That is a completely apt description, when the bullets start flying the adrenaline kicks in and even though in a deep level you know you're in danger it's not something you have time to process. Once the adrenaline started to subside a few hours later, only then were we able to being to acknowledge just what happened.
Keep in mind, we had zero idea if there was a single shooter or multiple. The echo, reverb, bounce of the bullets made it extremely hard to echo-locate. I wrote a lot of this down in the first IMGUR link https://imgur.com/gallery/KKfSp but I get it if no one reads it, it's a long read.
If you watch a lot of different videos from concert goers though, you'll realize that they stayed put for 5-10 mins into the shooting inside the venue. Staying put and debating 'is that even gun fire?'. From >300 yards away, for those who haven't found themselves in that situation or at least watched body cam footage from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria or other. It wouldn't necessarily being recognizable.
During the 3rd volley is when we hit the ground, where I jumped on top of the girls. There were only 2 moments in the event where I thought about dying. This was the first, and I thought to myself "Well if I'm going to die, this isn't the worst way to do it...attempting to shield friends". Later in the night we got trapped in a small hotel room and there was a surge in panic that a shooter was entering the lobby. Once trapped there, the second thought was "This is going to be a shit way to die, I don't want to die like this. Sitting ducks, fish in a barrel"
Hahahaha I debated cramming myself into that elevator...
I would have made sure to give Richard Smith (and his apparent advisor, former Senator Saxby Chambliss) my bag of money and told them to enjoy their $7.25 million contract with the IRS! http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/03/equifax-irs-fraud-protection-contract-243419
He is rather fabulous and an incredible dancer. Plus all those internet points. (Note, cnostaw is said amazing friend). Edit: He noted I spelled his username wrong. I r bad friend.
they dont really care. and they constantly tell me NOT to sing. they are BRUTAL
i think he needs all the songs he can get himself these days
Hey EasyTigrr - never give up! Its fun and adventurous but we spend a lot of time cold, bored, tired and hungry - I certainly do when I'm shooting pictures of wildlife - oh and a lot of time needing the toilet! But i vowed I would never complain about my job so I cant say too much without breaking that vow!
Do you prefer to talk in person or to text/e-mail? Do you think your preference is based more on your personality, or on that it's easier for you to see the words rather than hear them?
I want to thank you for sharing your story. I signed up for reddit today, (I am an occasional lurker) only to respond to your story.
You are an incredible writer and I urge you to consider doing more of it; whatever the genre. I travelled with you on the horrific journey which you describe so poignantly. I travelled every step of way; on the edge of my seat, tears in my eyes, cheering and rallying for you, imagining how you were feeling, and what you must have been thinking. There are few author's I've read that have transported me the way your words did. My heart aches for you, for Jamie, those with you that night, and for all who are impacted by this senseless tragedy.
While I realize your trauma may never fully heal, you are well on your way, and I applaud your openness and willingness to share your emotions. The authenticity and genuineness are incredibly palpable and shine through in your writing. I couldn't help but feel connected to you, even though we are worlds apart. I laughed when you talked about boot whiskey, I caught my breath each time you hit a road block, and each time you had to assess the safety of a location - no-one should have to do that. I was incredibly touched when you suggested someone send you a bill for the lights you had to smash. You are a good and noble person. You have reminded me that life can change in an instant, and I am so sorry you had to endure the torture of that night.
It is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. I am headed out to share Thanksgiving dinner with family, and I feel incredibly fortunate. Tonight, I will raise a glass to you, to yours, and to all those impacted. I wish you peace of mind in the days and weeks to come. I hope you consider writing more, whether on this topic or another. You have a gift.
Oh wow that painting was the first one I bought after I moved into my own apartment! Thanks for giving my apartment some life! https://i.imgur.com/iDlzo9D.jpg
Love your show Babish! It's one of the few channels I regularly follow and keep up to date with!
Might be a personal question, but noticed you stopped wearing a ring in your videos? Single now? Up for a bromance? I know someone... (it's me, it's always been me).
Can you tell us anything about the upcoming Frozen 2?
What was the most difficult photoshoot you ever went on?
Texting is a boon to the deaf, don't get me wrong, but at the same time I've worked so freaking hard to be able to talk on the phone normally that sometimes I'd rather do that.
It usually depends on how well I know someone's voice. My partner, my close friends and family, I can call up on the phone whenever. Needing to call a company for tech support or something? "I'm sorry, I'm hearing impaired, can you repeat that?" Thank goodness for chat support, Twitter and Facebook support, etc.
I actually don't like email too much. To me it's become synonymous with junk mail.
Thank you very much, your kind words have been a nice reprieve this morning. Jamie went to work for the first time today and I've been in our tiny apartment with our 2 dogs, been a bit tougher than I expected.
I've never done much writing, when I sat down and wrote the original story words just flew out of pure emotion and adrenaline. Didn't take time to think about the message or what was being put down. Not sure if I'll ever be able to go back into that kind of writing zone in my life. My Dad is an author though on mediation and company to company circumstances, so there's a link there with some deeper writing knowledge.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours this weekend. It's cliche to say and the impact has never hit me like this week, but enjoy the ones you love and hold them tight. My family is back up north and will be doing the same for Thanksgiving this weekend.
When the time is right though, I may sit down and write again. After lots of talks with friends who were there we've been able to fill in more pieces of the puzzle. Lots of different stories, or alternate perspectives on the same event.
Jamie, Nicole, Kelsey and I went into my work briefly and sat down in our livestreaming video room. A couple coworkers were very kind to help us sit down and just talk about the situation and record it. Might hold on to that video for posterity sake or might share it with our family if they're ready. We'll see.
Anyways, Happy Thanksgiving. Slice of a piece of turkey and pumpkin pie for me please!
At the time, I wasn't sure former CEO Richard Smith saw me because he played it so cool. But in watching video footage later, there is a moment where he looks behind him right before the hearing starts. His face is pretty priceless!
Thank you for the support!
Thanks very much!
And I guess enough time has passed that I can talk about this haha, yes, I went through a divorce last year. Loooooong story.
I wish. but they are ALWAYS WATCHING
Thanks for your question - anything in the Amazon! the Amazon is such a hard place to work. It's not just dark but it's hot and full of mosquitos and it all basically looks the same. I have spent over a year in the Amazon and really only have a handful of images I'm happy with. Technically the hardest was shooting an image of a beaver under the Teton mountains in Grand Teton National Park - the image was half under water and half above - it took three weeks to get the shot. Thanks!
When you did a collab with the guy who does the funny nature stuff and you started rambling about drugs, how much of it was a joke and how much was based on real life?
How have you managed to look the same age for your entire career? It's really impressive.
Did you have a bit of a drink before playing with the Foo Fighters the other night?
What's the best shot that you missed? Either by equipment trouble or something you saw on the way to location?
good genes baby! and a high pitched voice. and staying out of the sun
That's a hard one as I've blocked all those moments out of my head and never want to relive them. I have spent days fuming over missed moments. I remember flying over Victoria Falls in a helicopter shooting stills of it and there were four guys fishing on the edge and a huge rainbow was rising through them and I got the shot but i was shooting with a shutter speed that was too slow so the image was not sharp. It was totally my fault and I still get annoyed about that when I see the picture.
and how did he respond if he did? (sorry to piggy back u/hrtl)
Just shelled out £70 for my new flat for this piece direct from your site. I’m going through a rough divorce right now and i hope seeing this beautiful mix of colours on such a powerful animal will help to give me strength, that some days is lacking.
Thank you, I believe this is what I needed.
Liam who do you think would win in a fight; Paul Simon or Phil Collins?
Hey Charlie, I love your work! I am an aspiring wildlife photographer. I have started to amass a portfolio and Instagram following and am just now starting to work on more in depth projects such as searching for mountain lions in Western Alberta. I am wondering if you have any tips for someone who is looking to enter the wildlife photography world? Thanks!
Well, he ran away from me into the elevator: https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/74bu5k/the_monopoly_man_chases_the_equifax_ceo_after_the/
Sorry thats its rough patch but thank you for the support and I hope it brings some happiness to your home!
Hey thanks for your message - ok - be different. That's my suggestion. You're entering a world saturated with images of wildlife so you have to think of ways of shooting that work for you and are perhaps a little different from standard. When I first got an assignment from Nat Geo on otters I looked at everything that had been done - every image I could find on google. I wanted to know what had been done by everyone else so that I could not do the same. It's a really hard thing to do but you have to if you want to stand out. Mountain lions would be a wonderful way to go - check out Steve Winter's incredible work on them - good luck!
Do you have a video of him dancing? The internet must see.
Hey Andrew, just curious. Where did this alter ego 'Oliver Babish' come from?
Love your show! :)
How do you feel about koalas? They are quite similar to the sloth
How's your mom doing? Loved her in the documentary
Hello Sir! It must be great seeing and capturing all those wonders of nature. What's the most dangerous situation involving an animal, person(s), or just the environment you've been in while on the job?
I think everyone realized what I was doing. Luckily, free speech is (mostly) still a thing.
Does him being walked on a slave collar by Britney count? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gb7UypwOxI (SFW btw) Edit. SFWish
The West Wing! Never really expected the show to take off, so I kinda named it arbitrarily...
koalas get high off eucalyptus and most of them have chlamydia. these are facts
Thanks for the question - i get asked this a lot. It's weird because I haven't had very many dangerous experiences. I try never to put myself in dangerous situations with animals as i'd be being really irresponsible if I did. As for people - kind of the same. I smile a lot and treat people really fairly and as a result i've never been in a hostile situation. I'm sure it will happen at some point - and I'm not looking forward to it. Canoeing across Victoria Falls in a deflating canoe and getting pulled into the rip going over the edge while trying to avoid a crocodile in the dark, before reaching the island we were heading for and following hippo trails in the dark and climbing down the face of the falls to get a shot of a moon rainbow, in a country I was working in illegally while the secret police were looking for us - well to be honest that was pretty scary - but it was a long time ago now!
Anything happened after? Were you banned from ever attending again?
Holy crap that's awesome. Did he get pulled out of the audience for that?
Hey Babish, Thanks for doing this AMA.
Got any more plans to work with Sean from Hot Ones? Really liked the stuff you did together and you seem to get on well.
Favorite fun fact on sloths?
Liam, is Robbie Williams was a type of beer, what would that beer be? As you were lad
Hi Charlie. Any thoughts on Sean Penn's character in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? When not taking photos of wildlife, what subjects do you like to photograph?
I am fortunate to not have had any real interaction with the capitol police, before or after. One officer asked me to take my bag of money off my lap and put in on the ground, but that is it.
However, now that I am public, I would not be surprised if folks will watch me more closely. I am sure we will see soon!
Yup! He is a die hard fan.
Hey man no problem!
I'm gonna be on First We Feast next week or so! Sean, Anthony Fantano and I do an exotic melon tasting as the three bald melons of YouTube.
they only poop once a week
Thanks for the question - loved the film by the way. What struck me about Sean Penn's role the most was that at the moment he was about to get the shot of the snow leopard he pulled away to just watch it - that really impressed me (although it was just a movie). I remember doing the same the first time I ever saw an otter underwater - a moment I'd waited my whole life for (even though I was only 17 at the time) i just thought - i need to see this rather than ruining it by shooting a picture. I watch people on safari in africa and wish for their sakes they'd do the same - but then I rarely do! I shoot tons of stuff other than wildlife these days - i particularly love photographing tourists taking selfies. thanks!
Thanks for sharing your story. On a lighter note, who were you there to see and how were the performances? I'm not into country (other than country roots rock kinda stuff, not straight country) but I'd be interested to hear what the show was like.
So what did people say? How did they react to your getup? Did the Equifax CEO acknowledge you or at least give you an odd look?
And now reddit famous
I’m so bad at cooking chicken. Like, I am the worst chicken chef alive. What are your tips on producing some tender, flavorful, juicy chicken instead of the dry or raw garbage that comes out of my kitchen?
Are there any Good Places scenes youve had trouble filming from laughing so much?
Hey Charlie, did you go to a photography school or did you teach yourself?
Im wondering if its worth going to school for photography or nat (geo) :)
No, my voice in my head sounds like my voice as I hear it.
Honestly, pop radio country isn't my cup o' tea. At these festivals, they sometimes do a good shot of spreading the sub genres. I used to dig Eric Church years back but wasn't into his new stuff. I think around the time he found love, his music resonating with me more back when he was talking about the wilder side of things. I still dig his stuff though and he would probably be the person I was most stoked to see.
Saturdays lineup...when I saw it announced I told Jamie. "Saturday is all about you, we will go and see whomever you want and do whatever you want before we even go to the venue. So we hit the pool with our friends to kick off the day drinking and shake our hangovers. Then we went and saw a ton of country that... well... it's just not my favorite, I'll leave it at that to be polite.
I've been listening to a lot of Waylon Jennings today while I do this AMA, some Willie too. A lot of love songs have deeper meanings, and I tear up consistently if a song even comes close to resonating with our situation.
For the modern stuff, I dig Grangers alter ego Earl Dibbles jr., love me some Wheeler Walker Jr (even if it is a stage persona for laughs), Cadillac Three, Jackson Taylor & the Sinners. Man, if you want some great covers and un-tapped raw outlaw country music give Jackson Taylor & the Sinners a shot on youtube. I saw them live in Vegas at the Beauty Bar for my 30th a few years back and ended up connecting with them personally and partying the night away at Hogs n' Heifers.
So back to your question, the show was more radio friendly, pop country specific. The music brings us all together though, and it's one of the few times a year I'm with my extended country family group. So even on days like Saturday where I don't like the artists, it's still a great time and I have enough boot whisky to entertain myself during any lulls. :)
I didn't catch it in person, but watching videos after the fact, I saw Richard Smith look back at me and make a pretty priceless alarmed face. But I was seated in the row right behind his advisors, and one of his PR folks was seated immediately to my right.
I caught several of them giving me dirty looks throughout. One guy in particular tried to stare me down in the beginning. (But I don't scare easily)
The best kind of famousss
Get bone-in/skin on chicken breasts - sear the fuck out of them in a ripping hot pan, then place in the oven and finish them at 400F until they're 165F internally. Use the fond in the pan to make a pan sauce. Wuhbam.
when mindy st clair first asks me for coke, i had tears coming out of my eyes and snot out of my nose i was laughing so hard
HI one-two-rule - i failed spectacularly at school and left when I was just fifteen. However a year or so later I got onto a course studying photography at Falmouth School or Art and Design in Cornwall, UK. What the course taught me was the basics of photography and that really gave me good grounding; certainly as a wildlife photographer. Too often wildlife photographers forget that they have to also be photographers and learn and practice what that means. There is no set way into Nat Geo - we all come from completely different backgrounds and disciplines. Many worked for news papers and some went to college to learn. There are also plenty of courses people go on to take their photography to the next level. I guess the Eddie Adams workshop is the most well known. There you get set assignments and you work with editors to create stories. The key thing to remember is - National Geographic photographers are all story tellers as well as being photographers and journalists. Our images need to tell the story we are telling visually. Hope that helps!
Lol I'd love to be inside his head during that thought process.
"I'm going to intimidate this person who is clearly more of a maniac than I am."
I think if that was me, in the moment in which I was attempting to physically intimidate a person dressed as the monopoly guy, I would be struck with a sudden overwhelming need to reevaluate my life.
Am I a bad person for being super jealous of your good fortune and talents?
If you were to hit 2 million subscribers would you consider releasing the Fraiser episode?
Hi Kristen! I love The Good Place, such a great show!!
I also love reading the down-to-earth, realistic interviews you and your husband do about the reality of being in a serious/long-term relationship, with all its ups and downs. If you had one major piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?
Hey Liam, absolutely loving As You Were, Come Back To Me is a belter. That aside what I wanna know is what’s more important the shoes or the jacket?
PS. Don’t ever change, see you in Notts/Manc x
What's something you could share with us that surprised you about vultures seeing as how you probably observe them more than the average person?
And THAT is why satire works. Him intimidating me as a plain clothes protestor would feel meaningful and important to him, but intimidating me as the Monopoly Guy fiddling with my monocle might make him reassess.
I get massive envy as there are a lot of waaaay more talented people out there and I know I got lucky. But hopefully pushes you to do more?
try hard. its uncomfortable, but worth it.
Thanks for your question - I guess the thing that struck me the most was that when you take them away from the fighting and brutality of a carcass, they become very regal and beautiful creatures. watching them at the nest you really see this - they are very caring with their chicks. I love vultures- they're awesome. Thanks!
Did you ever have any moments where you thought "I need to go and get my job back"?
Hey, I love your show! Did you ever run across a movie food that turned out to be too difficult to recreate? If so, what was it and what made it too difficult?
How does Dax handle knowing your one true soul mate is Craig Ferguson? Can we forking get some flying cheeky monkeys around here!
Hey Liam, big fan here. Simple question, other than football, what's your favorite sport?
I really enjoyed watching the 'I Bought A Rainforest' programme you made a few years ago, and it raised some very interesting points. Do you still own or regularly visit your patch? More generally, what do you think the best options are for 'us' (relatively wealthy westerners) to conserve rainforests or other habitats elsewhere in the world without obstructing the development of local communities?
I got a lot of questions from other folks in line, but I was fortunate enough to not get hassled by capitol police. One officer did ask me take my bag of dollar bills off my lap though!
Not that job (not that they did not treat me well, I just was unfulfilled there). But yes, constantly dealing with self doubt, long term planning and asking myself whether its safer just to get a 9 to 5 again.
Hah definitely the opening scene of Eat Drink Man Woman - lots of requests for it, which means there's a lot of people out there that greatly overestimate my cooking ability.
Dax is OK with it. Hes VERY open to anything. Hes a free spirit, and also often my wingman.
Thanks - yes an important question. Glad you liked the series by the way. I just think we need to take more collective responsibility for the eco-systems that are of global importance - like the Amazon. And the more I try to understand conservation the more I realise that that means understanding the dynamics of poverty and figuring out what we can do to make peoples lives better and more productive in these sensitive areas so that chopping down forests is not the key to their survival. We get very cross in the west with poor people who chop trees down in order to survive - it makes me mad. Of course we all wood do the same in their position. Sadly the answers to these problems are very complicated and too often we say things like 'if we just changed the values of the global economy and if we just did....' the truth is we are very bad at changing - especially on a global scale. But we need to ultimately. That starts by all of us doing our bit and investing in schemes that are designed to lift people out of poverty and provide them with jobs and education and options beyond destroying globally important resources. I worked with the CREES Foundation when I made IBAR and they have some great agro-forestry programmes - getting loggers into replanting forests is a pretty good scheme. I haven't been back to the land for years by the way - last year I signed over a lease to the National Park for 99yrs. They are going to build a ranger station on it. cheers!
How did you get a seat positioned directly behind the Equifax CEO in a way that you were also on camera without causing suspicion?
Seems like you are doing this for the best of reasons, then. Enjoying the daily grind, while squirreling away when you can (re: long term planning).
Isn't that the fledgling artist's dream? For one day to not need "the job" to sustain your creative output?
You say luck, but talent and hard work are best buddies. In my experience with music, it is a ton of hard work to satisfy the brutal criticisms I have of my work.
My question: how do you know when you're done with unpaid works, i.e. your own creative works?
What's your favorite drink to relax with after a long day of filming?
Hey Kristen!! Huge fan.
Any chance of a Veronica Mars reboot? You and Rob seem so into it! Why not make it happen?
HI, thanks for doing this. Can you describe a typical shoot in terms of time commitment? I mean, I have the impression that you go to a location where you think your subject might be and then just sit there 18 hours a day for weeks on end. Is that accurate or typical?
Oh, I absolutely caused suspicion, but luckily my actions fell within protected free speech. I knew which seat to sit in because I have watched and attended many Senate Banking hearings as a (plain-clothes) advocate.
Its tough, sometimes something you love doesn't resonate with other people. Stuff I have found a little lacking has sometimes sold really well! I think its good to leave an artwork for a few days or longer and see it again with fresh eyes.
thanks for the question - well yes that's pretty accurate. The older I get though the less I choose shoots where I have to do that though. But the deal is - the more time you put in to shooting images of animals, the more you get out. It's a really simple equation. It also depends where and what your shooting. If I'm shooting a specific bird at a nest for instance it's all about sitting in the blind and waiting - for the bird and the light. If I'm shooting in Africa its about driving around and looking for the subject. You do have to get used to lots of early mornings and long hours though - but its fun. Thanks
I think she’s in the process now of finding out if her insurance will cover it, I will definitely pass on your comments! Thank you for answering my questions so promptly! She texts and emails mostly, but gets frustrated that she has to have me or my dad make phone calls for her, that watching a movie or video needs to be subtitled (not always possible), etc.
I read your story. You kept your head and did well. Well done.
If you had the benefit of hindsight, what would you have done differently once the shooting started?
Obvious question: how'd you do it? How did you make your way to that perfect seat without getting kicked out?
Have you thought of creating a Youtube channel for additional revenue?
Do some time lapse videos of a creation. Or tips/tricks on creating a piece.
Just something to create additional revenue.
Hi Kristen - long time listener, first time caller. What's it like working with Dax as a director, and how's life around the house when you're in the midst of doing a project together?
Love your work - as a dad with three daughters, I particularly love the character you created in Veronica Mars. My oldest and I binge-watched it together and we're both big fans.
Hi Charlie, do you work with a team on site to capture photos that are so close to the animals? Agree, otters are the best. Thanks!
Look into VCO TTY technology as well. If she can speak, she could make phone calls with a relay service typing what the other side says. iOS 10 for iPhones actually has TTY functions without needing an external TTY keyboard.
I've mentioned earlier, that when the third volley began and it hit home that we were under gun fire my fov narrowed. I only saw Jamie and our two close friends, then we got down on the ground for the duration of that third volley.
In hindsight, I wish I would have been able to keep more of our friends together. I wish Nicole would have been able to stay with us because we had her sister Pally. They're amazing sisters and that trauma of not knowing if your sister was left behind or dead is going to haunt them for a long time. We had a big group, I wish we would have managed to stick as a team.
However, since everything was so random. Maybe if we stopped to find others, if we went back to try and track our friends down. If, if, if...it could have ended with a bullet in one of us. So the big takeaway I feel due to the purely random firing nature, was that there really was no wrong or right decisions. I'll do my best not to dwell on my decisions because in the end every single one of us got out alive.
Credit for the perfect seat goes to a very dedicated intern, who was first in line for the hearing at 7 AM! As for not getting kicked out, I had heard stories from other activists about what is and isn't allowed, and skirted that line as closely as I could. Fun fact: you are allowed to wear costumes, but you can't hold up signs or make a lot of noise.
Yeah I have one! Check it out at www.youtube.com/marcallanteart
It was the Frasier theme song, I ain't got the rights to it!
dax writes very wuickly. he can bang out a script in 3 weeks which is insane. he will check in to a hotel in the area to write without the kids buging him all day, adn we go visit him every 2 days or so. Hes phenomenally deciscive as a director and usually very stressed so i have to take good care of him while hes working
Hi thanks for your question. I tend to work alone or with just one assistant. But if I want to get very close to animals I work on my own as it's hard enough getting close to animals as it is - extra people just make it harder. I use remote cameras a lot - cameras I can control from a distance. BY doing that I can get my camera very close to some animals without disturbing them at all - which is a always the aim. Yes otters are the best!
Is there a famous dish that you refuse to make?
Love the show! Binging your show makes my work day less boring!
Given the option, would you like to have been cast as Janet? That role seems like it would be a ton of fun.
I grew up on Manc council estate in the 90's... Oasis was very much the soundtrack to my childhood!
Putting music & football to one side, what do you miss most about Manchester?
Good work on the album btw Liam, you absolutely fuckin smashed it!
What are your top tips for taking photos that look nearly as good as yours?
The turkey-stuffed-in-a-monkfish from Malcolm in the Middle. I don't have room in my heart for that.
Light, light, light and emotion. You know so many people obsess about megapixels and cameras and lenses but its always to me about emotion and that trumps everything else. You can have a picture thats technically useless but is loaded with emotion - thats the image the editors at Nat Geo will pic. Hope that helps
What kind of costumes? Because I'd go dressed as Shang Tsung and show them who the real stealer of souls is.
I deserve sweet karma too!
Still love watching and rewatching that Toto - Africa video you did with Dax. Who got the idea?
There’s a short recording from 2004 of you singing a song called “Show Me Your Love”. It’s fucking great man. Are you ever going to give it a proper release? Here is a link to it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7xPTUJzKqk
Hey! I coincidentally just watched a show that you appeared on last night while surfing Netflix. "The Great Yellowstone Thaw" or something like that, in which you were out in Yellowstone on the Snake shooting Otters. Fantastic stuff and Kudos for hanging out in the Wyoming winter like that. I live in Jackson and can commiserate a bit.
Do you stay in the park while conducting these projects, and what have you found is the best way to stay (relatively) warm while hanging out motionless in the dead of winter?
The sky is the limit, my friend! Apparently, someone once dressed as Lincoln, complete with a two-foot high hat. (I think they may get touchy if you wear a mask though - fake mustaches only)
Yessir, some foods from Hannibal (TV Series)...ethically sourced.
i decided noone looks at vaca pictures but maybe if we made a music video we would wanna rewatch it someday!
Thanks for your question - i live in JH TOO AND LOVE IT!!! I tend to work mainly in the park and in the NF. And to stay warm - hmmm - the oxbow at -20 is not somewhere I've ever managed to stay warm - four toe warmers on each foot and they still freeze. we were doing 8 hrs without moving on The Thaw shoot - it was not nice and the otters didnt show up much that year. Thanks for the question!
Despite the fact I am almost 25 years old, can you and Dax adopt me?
What’s it going to say on your tombstone?
Do you feel like capturing moments like these for as large an audience as National Geographic will help people care more about conservation and climate change?
Yea I saw that one too, I've seen a few videos like that. People not taking cover, not understanding the incredible danger they were in even though there were bodies on the ground nearby. Maybe it was shock, it's also hard to go from enjoying a concert to completely committing your mind to the fact that you're being shot at and have a highest chance in your life thus far of dying.
There are many videos of people who stayed for many many many volleys of gunfire. In their POV, if you got up and ran you died. We all had no idea if the gunmen was on the 32nd floor or if he was on ground level and waiting for people to pop their heads up.
Pure, raw, unfiltered chaos, panic, fear and terror.
One dude asked me to eat him yesterday - does that count
sure! are you good at chores? do you like waking up early with your new siblings so we can sleep? do you play catan? these are all requirements
Hi - I hope so but I am also very realistic about not over exaggerating the value of what we do. I think if any organisation on earth can exact change it's National Geographic and I'm proud to work for them trying to do that. But I'm also realistic about my own impact. I guess I do some good - is hoot conservation stories that I hope will change peoples minds. The issue that we really need to fix however is that we tend to change the minds of people in the west far more than people on the ground in the countries where we tell the stories. We need to make more impact in places like south america and Africa - I have to say that Nat Geo is working on this and making real in roads. Thanks!
Why thank you - I'm a total Marshallista, but other than that, Uniqlo, Banana Republic, and Zara.
you are DEFINIETLY gonna get adopted since i love people with strong opinions
HI kd2135 - thanks for your question. We get asked this a lot. My answer is always no - I would never get involved in a predator v prey interaction in the wild. It's really hard sometimes to watch moments when prey animals get attacked but my job isn't to rescue them and change the dynamic of predators and prey.
Hey Marc, glad you’re doing well! I’ve got three of your prints in my house, including the one that started it all - Portrait if Hong Kong. Love em all!
Speaking of which, how long did it take you to paint portrait of Hong Kong?
What is your go to lazy meal to cook?
How did Anna make it to the Wreck-It Ralph 2? And will she be there for long?
Hi Liam, Love the new album. I bought it on vinyl but unfortunately couldn't get tickets to see you.
Anyway, my question is after the immediate success of As You Were, will you still be making your own tea?
Have you explored any other types of photography? If you weren't shooting wildlife, what would you be taking pictures of?
Thanks, we working on it. Outpouring of support that we all are receiving has been tremendous and brought us all closer. I believe we're going to attempt to get back together sometime soon, to talk and mourn and hug one another. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.
Thanks for the support! About two weeks! Mainly because I had to redo it twice. I didnt like the first two versions haha.
Those stir fry kits they have nowadays fucking rule.
And this is gonna be embarrassing but if I'm drunk, it's too late to order take-out, and there ain't nothing in the house - buttered goddamn pasta. Been my favorite thing since I was like 0.
ive seen the sequence we recorded and it is FUNNY AS HELL
Thanks for the question - more and more these days I shoot stories of people. I'm off shooting a story on isolated tribes in the Amazon in a few weeks. It was hard going from wildlife photography to people but I love being challenged and tend to get bored easily if I'm not. I just completed my first shoot suing studio lighting too - that was tough! thanks!
Hey Andrew, big fan!
What's up with you, Shaun, and Antony buying melons? Are we going to get a melon based sitcom starring the 3 of you?
What was your favorite of Veronica Mars's comebacks/snarky one liners? I fully admit to using some of them in real life.
Hey Liam! The new album is a fuckin’ rocker! Do you ever think of doing a collab with Richard Ashcroft?
I do policy and advocacy work, focused mostly on corporate accountability and financial reform at the moment - so I don't spend a lot of time in courtrooms. But I graduated from UCLA Law as part of their Public Interest Law and Policy and Critical Race Studies programs, and I am admitted to practice law in California.
Just under six figures before. Just over now.
As VM changes a tire TROY: "FLAT?" VM: "IM JUST AS GOD MADE ME"
Thanks for the question - i guess my advice is cover subjects you are most passionate about and really understand them. If you want to shoot wildlife and conservation stories then I would start out by getting work in conservation - ideally in the media side of it and work from there. It's a really tough job to making a living in but a valuable - we need more people working in conservation so go for it - good luck!
Was there ever a resolution with Dax's recliner in the middle of the living room?!
Love the new album, you cheeky potato.
What are the chances I'll get to take a picture with you at your upcoming Colorado show?
Also, what did the Penguin say to the astronaut?
Hi Charlie! What is some of your "go to gear" that you take with you on every shoot?
I understand the position and how some may find it ironic, I get it I really do. I won't be one to say it though. Country music fans, are easy to put into a box of white republican, gun toting, budweiser drinking hillbillies. And to a point...that's very true.
But it's the music that brings us all together, I lean left on the spectrum. I don't agree with everything a single party puts out, we should make up our own mind. But to my point, the music is a community. I was dancing arm and arm with my friend who was wearing a trump top and MAGA hat. I have my own very different political views but it isn't important, we were there together to share an experience.
People can politicize it all they want and point out ironies. I get it, it's part of a large discussion. I don't particularly want to get into that just yet, and when I do it will be a personal conversation with close friends and family. :)
Thanks man that's exactly what I've been going for!! And the very reason that I decided to show only my torso - I watched some cooking video about a burger that was 30 minutes long, and they didn't start cooking for 10 minutes. I decided to make a show that was focused solely on the food.
Thanks for watching!!
the current "resolution" is that its too heavy for me to lift and he wont move it so its STILL IN THE LIVING ROOM
My Leica M240 and my iPhone 7. I can live without the rest if I have to! thanks
How did you stay so serious? I would be laughing and giggling and get kicked out. Huge respect dude //edit after 17 hours: wow I learned a lot about different sexualities/genders today. reddit is great
What do you sell an original for/how much is it to commission?
Just back from Japan and there is a temporary exhibit on at the Studio Ghibli Museum about the art of food and animating eating in their movies. Is it a topic you've considered an episode on before? Also how much Food Wishes have you watched? Can definitely see a bit of an influence in your videos and a few tricks used seem to be similar
What's for dinner?
What was going through your mind when you decided to crowd-surf with the Foo Fighters the other night?
Hey Mr. Living My Dream, have you ever gotten into underwater photography? Wildlife photography is easily my favorite hobby, and I really enjoyed the challenges I found when I took my camera underwater (especially, cold murky water). I always wondered what a real pro would think of the contrast between under and over water.
Believe me, I have been cracking up these last few days at every photo and video. But in the moment, I was on a mission. That's why they call me a professional troublemaker.
Between USD500 - 6000 depending on size.
Absolutely expect Ghibli foods in the near future!
Probably almost every one.
banza pasta with tomatoes and EVOO
Hey how are you? love underwater photography - i tend to specialise in fresh water as I'm not a very good diver. Exploring river sis awesome though and I love it - we need more people doing it - hope you are. and you can do it with a snorkel.
Will you be using the Monopoly Man getup for future public appearances (including as a subversive protest, but also, say, in court)? Relatedly, how do you recommend others to become as badass as you?
Damn, that's actually quite cheap.
EDIT: I'm friends with a few bit of Nyc artists. Large paintings can go for 3-4K. I get that if you're not in the art scene that can be surprising, but people put weeks into a single painting and their lifetime creating their skill set.
Would you ever consider doing more instructional videos on cooking? I love the format as it is now but it would be awesome to learn some more basic tips on cooking from you as well.
Hey Kristen, you've got amazing chemistry with all the late night hosts, and when you covered for Jimmy Kimmel earlier this year you killed. Just wondering if you've ever thought of hosting your own show?
Also what was your reaction when you found out about the twist at the end of season 1 of The Good Place?
Hey Charlie, Whats in your travel bag? And Why?
I wore this costume to call attention to S.J. Res. 47, a bill some Senate Republicans are trying to push through as a get-out-of-jail-free card for Equifax and Wells Fargo. Hopefully all this attention has scared them off from taking that vote, but if Mitch McConnell does another push, Monopoly Man will absolutely rise again!
Given the great support, I am also open to using Monopoly Man for other causes. And I am not limiting myself to this one character - creative activism takes many forms, and you need to fit the character to the protest.
Come buy some cheap art at www.marcallante.com :P
That's the new show comin out next week! Basics with Babish!
ive thought about a show...but jimmy is a good friend and i see how its ALOT more work than many think it is so im not quite ready for that yet
My headphones - i cant travel without tons of stuff to watch on my phone - i'm a tv junky. and obviously a few cameras - iPhone, Leica and Canon or Sony - I juts bought a Rollieflex too
I loved how human a moment it was when Monopoly Man lost his/her monocle during the post-hearing interview. Your wit, confidence, your savviness showed as bright then as when you winked your railroad rich eyebrows directly into the camera. Class act, you!
Just thought I'd let you know picture 5 on your full portfolio has a spelling error in the title. I imagine it should say "little steps" but it says "little steos". Fantastic art by the way!
Edit: to clarify, the error is in the title desplayed below on the mobile viewer.
I want to get closer to working with animals but most places like zoos or sanctuaries don't hire unless you have experience. What are some ways to get my foot through the door if I want to work with exotic animals? Would I have to be physically fit? (I have autoimmune health problems).
Thanks for the spot!
Hey thats a really tricky one for me - i have never really working with exotic animals in captive setting. I guess volunteering at animal rescue centres could be both really helpful to them and rewarding for you and then you'd get some real hands on experience to take elsewhere - good luck
Public Citizen called arbitration clauses a “get out of jail free” card for companies. What advice do you have for people who don't want to fall victim to these hidden clauses?
If all the Disney princesses had a battle royale style fight to the death who would win?
What is the biggest project (cooking or otherwise) you want to tackle? What is stopping you from doing it?
You and Craig Ferguson had such an amazing chemistry together. Do you still stay in touch with him?
Have you ever had the chance to interact with the Great Apes (excluding humans) and if so what is your most interesting story/observation?
Sadly, these ripoff clauses seem to be just about everywhere now. We even found one in the Pokemon GO terms and conditions last year! A few clauses have opt-out provisions, where you can write to the company (usually within 30 days) to waive the clauses, but that is rare.
Honestly, the most effective way to protect your right to sue big companies when they break the law is to push for federal protections like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's arbitration rule. That is why I am fighting S.J. Res. 47, the effort to repeal it.
I reckon Mulan and Pocahontas would be standing on the heap. Unless Jasmine gets to bring Rajah. Then shit would get real.
I've got a full-length series I'm developing for Netflix - really just waiting for it to be in the right place to pitch, and for my career to be in the right place to pounce!
sure do :)
Thanks for the question. I've only ever hung out with orang-utans but I very quickly fell in love with them. I didnt spend enough time with them to get any depth - only a few weeks. I remember one day though photographing an adult female who had a young baby called Tido - Tido was all over his mum and her elder son Thomas who was about seven was being ignored. He kept trying to climb on his mum but she shunned him and eventually moved away and Thomas sat with me looking very depressed and abandoned. I photographed him with his head in his hands. Poor wee guy! But he had to grow up and become an independent orang and his mum know it.
How much practicing did your mastery of the monocle take? Seems like it'd be kind of hard to keep in, but you handled it like a right old timey pro.
For the sake of this question, are we considering Leia to be a Disney princess? Because she's force sensitive with the reflexes to match, she can use a blaster quite effectively and, if the EU is taken as Canon, she's a Jedi in her own right.
What's your favorite recipe in your new cookbook?
Can we see a sloth on The Good Place?
Hey Liam! What's your absolute favourite song EVER? The one that makes you feel good everytime
Hey Charlie! I'm a huge fan of your work. I'm an aspiring photographer myself, and am in the "learn as much as possible" stage of my career. If I covered my own expenses, could I come volunteer as a production assistant on one of your shoots sometime?
I definitely struggled with it a bit. But the prop I had was pretty lightweight, so it wasn't that hard to hold in. You just need to exercise those eye muscles!
Gotta be the same answer as my favorite episode: Timpano baby
we debated that this season actually and Mike Schur our creator is so thoughtful he actually asked me "would you be ok if a sloth was on the show? like, we dont want you to thinkwe are making fun of you or anything"
Hey owninobrien -thanks for your question. The truth is that these days I tend to only use assistants who live in the countries where I work and rarely sue assonant otherwise. I get hundreds of requests every year but I cant really help these days. When I worked in TV I had full time assistants but I dont anymore - they are all much better than me these days! so sorry but worth asking other photographers. cheers!
First, thank you for your activism. How long have you been doing this? Do you think this is effective or just entertaining?
Hey! Congrats on taking a big risk! I'm curious about this because my girlfriend is in a similar boat. She hates office jobs, but is too nervous to do something similar. Do you have any tips on branching out and putting yourself out there?
Is Kathryn Hahn as funny as she seems? I always loved her on Parks and Recreation.
If Ireland win here do I stay in the pub and get pissed or go the club and try and pull?
What action did a vulture or otter take that really surprised you (e.g., out of "character" or a demonstrating a trait you didn't know they had)?
Thank you all for the support! I don't really remember a time when I wasn't an activist. When I was 13, I staged my first action outside of a Disney store to protest their labor practices. I use a variety of tactics - both traditional and non-traditional - but I think activism is most effective when it is both entertaining and informative.
To be honest, I would not have given up the years of experience working for a big company. It taught me so many skills about how to run a business, to negotiate and set deadlines for myself that have proven invaluable. Creativity is obviously important but you need to balance it with some of the more logistic and administrative icky stuff that most people don't want to do. But there is nothing stopping her doing it part time now! I waited 5 years before I felt comfortable to jump ship as by that time I had a good idea of how well my art was selling etc.
Kathryn is hilarious and kind. shes truly inspiring all the time. always has a smile on her face.
I once watched a lappet faced vulture break off a small twig from a bush and give it to his partner - it was very touching and amazing to watch such a huge ugly bird being so generous and sensitive.
Any suggestions on a chefs knife? Outside of that, what's the one thing that everyone should own in a kitchen but most don't?
The Good Place is so good, man. But, when are you finally going to guest star on iZombie? Voicework doesn't count!
Hey Liam, I noticed that in various instances you sung "There are many things that I would like to say to you but I don't speak Chinese/Japanese/Korean/Spanish.../Whatever"
Do you plan to pick up a foreign language at all, and if so, which one?
Love your work about otters - they truly are amazing animals. Best otter-related experience so far ?
I love Wusthof Ikon Classic - and while that can be prohibitively expensive, Wusthof just came out with their "Pro" line that is super-affordable - cheaper even than my previous budget recommendation, the Victorionox Fibrox line!
EDIT: Didn't finish the question - a big fuck-off cutting board. Most people get those shitty 3-packs from IKEA, and they're totally useless. Get a gigantic cutting board, preferably wood, but OXO makes a great one for $20!
i wish! in truth they shoot in vancouver so its hard for me to travel there with kids and all
Swimming with them in florida - hands down the best wildlife experience I've ever had in my life. thanks!
What would be the best piece of advice you could give to an aspiring/struggling artist?
Hey Andrew! I just wanted to say first that your show really made start cooking again after i lost my motivation a few months ago so thanks! My question is, How did you figure out that cooking was your true calling? Thanks
Oh man, I just discovered The Good Place on Netflix and binged it all in one go. Love it!
What would would be in your own personal Bad Place? Mine would be a wardrobe full of shirts and blouses with one missing button.
Hi Liam, The new album rocks, thanks! Can’t believe ‘Come Back to Me’ wasn’t a single, what a nice surprise! If you could have been a fly on the wall for one moment in history – which moment would it be?
I'm a budding young photography graduate, have you got any tips for breaking into the industry? And can I please please come and have work experience with you?
Nope, it was just an intrepid 13-year-old kid that got kicked out of the mall within about ten minutes!
I think the most important thing for me in this whole process was not to neglect the boring admin and "back office" work. Its unfortunate but I think raw talent only goes so far... and as sad as it sounds, being able to brand and market yourself, learn the ins and outs of social media and how the art market sells is so important. When I was first starting out I picked out some emerging artists that were doing really well and I tried to figure out what they were doing to get their work good exposure and sales. So yes, paint, practice and constantly develop your art, but dont neglect that other aspect either.
Hey man that's great to hear, keep it up!!
Hah actually I went to film school - didn't really realize that till last year! Happened quite on accident! But I knew that food/film were my true calling(s) back in 9th grade when I made my first video project to get out of writing an essay, and when I cooked my first meal for a date and it came out horribly.
Mine would be Zero caffine, Zero naps,and constantly hearing 2 songs play at the same time.
the moment john lennon went up in a helicopter with the maharishi
I'm sorry but I cant do any work experience! however my advice - be different. There are millions of people shooting the same stuff in the same way - stand back reconsider your subject and the way you approach it and do what everyone else isn't doing - then you make your own path and find your own voice as a photographer - good luck
Any other direct actions planned? Also, the Monopoly man doesn't have a monocle and I'm interested as to whether you knew that but decided to go with the monocle anyway because so many people think he does or if it's just a good prop. I have to admit, you pulling out the monocle was quite possibly the funniest thing I've seen in months.
Tell me about the cat in the picture?
How's the progress on cracking the good burger sauce going?
Jesus, I hadn't even contemplated the evil that would be a nap ban.
I read that NG photographers take hundreds of pictures and only get selected one or two. Is that true? How long do you usually have to wait at a place to get the perfect picture sometimes?
Thanks for asking! I have been getting so many comments about the monocle. When planning the outfit, I used google images of Rich Uncle Pennybags as reference. Most of the images didn't have a monocle, but a few did, and I knew it would make a great prop.
Also, my sister gave me a monocle as a gag gift when I graduated from law school, so I HAD to use it.
Waffles is the BEST. My SO and I got him from the rescue three months ago and he is now lord of the house.
not seen Whitey for ages. I'm sure he's buying and selling things
No its not true - we take thousands of photos and only get one selected! People often say - well if you take that many surely you'll get some good ones. Well the truth is I dont care how many I take to get the good ones I just want the good ones. It doesn't actually work out either that if you shoot tons you'll get good ones. It also depends on what you're shooting. Sometimes I'll take 20 photos on a shoot and others times thousands - i took 5000 photos of chickens a few weeks ago over a weekend - i had to to get the action I needed and its only by doing that that we got the shot the magazine needed. Anyway hope that helps.
In the spirit of social activism, I just wrote a petition for Hasbro to retcon the Monopoly Guy to add a monocle.
Will Waffles get his own lion style painting?
More seriously though, awesome art - what percentage of originals sell and if you don't mind sharing do they make up the majority or minority of income for an artist like yourself?
How much has your life changed since that video of you with a head full of hair, slicing fruit?
Besides Settlers of Catan, what other board games are you playing?
You, sir, are the true hero.
we are too obsessed with catan to try anything else at the moment but i would like to try Pandemic or ticket to ride
bonehead guiggs and alan white. Obviously me and Noel
Have you had many news organizations or people reaching out to you after the fact? How widely were you recognized by people who knew you?
Yeah but what about the painting of waffles
Hi Kristen! When you were dubbing Anna in Frozen, did you already know how big hit it will become?
I have been doing non-stop press since Wednesday! The amount of attention has been overwhelming, but I am very happy that I seem to have made this very rough week easier for some folks. And of course I am excited that people are paying attention to S.J. Res. 47 and supporting the CFPB arbitration rule.
Strangely enough, many folks who know me personally did not recognize me in costume. Every day, I get several texts from people who just figured out it was me! I imagine some folks will only find out years from now.
no- i mean i knew it was special- but the public temperature has to be right on to make a movie succeed so you never can really know if it will be a "hit"
Do you think you will inspire more monopoly men to start making appearances?
Hi! I follow your instagram and the progress pictures you post. Every now and then you post a semi-finished picture that seems quite perfect to me, but then there's always more that you post later and I'm always amazed at how much detail that can be refined. How do you determine whether a piece is finished or not? Do you ever get concerned about under/over-doing it? When's the exact moment you tell yourself it's time to stop?
Congrats on the show, and Waffles is darn cute :) p.s. speaking as a soon-to-be veterinarian ;)
Do you play video games? If so, what are some of your favorite games?
Hey LG I just really want to know what song do you usually sing in the shower? x
I certainly hope so! I posted a how-to guide with links to all the accessories I used here: https://queeronclearance.tumblr.com/post/166109873133/monopoly-man-top-hat-nj-novelty-7-on-amazon
(Yes, I have a queer fashion blog)
Waffles approves of this post. Thank you for following me and yes! I have that problem evaluating my own work as well. I sometimes share early stuff with friends and get opinions. Sometimes ill do little side studies to see what works. But I think generally you get a good feeling of when something is done. But just in case I sometimes leave an artwork sitting for a week or so to see it again with fresh eyes.
Good lord so many - the one that stands out is this very week's episode actually, Cailles en Sarchophage - there are better uses for truffles and foie gras!
I havnt played in a VERY long time but i used to LOVE 007 and Mario cart on N64. that was my sweet spot. Now im very into board games
the birdie song
what's your favourite episode of art attack?
Hey Babish, Huge fan of yours, what’s one thing about cooking you wish more people were aware of ?
What attracted you to The Good Place? Congratuwelldone on the show's success! :~)
Liam, please answer this important question..
''Who built the moon?''
Nah. If you're a capitalist, serving the public is for suckers.
It can get you laid way easier than playing the guitar.
Kidding - that, even when it's indulgent, it's way healthier than eating microwaved crap like Lean Pockets and the like. There are some deep misconceptions about what is healthy and what isn't in the modern food arena, and I hope to one day be one of the voices that helps inform the public!
And thank you!!
What kind of training have you had, or are you self taught? Just checked out Instagram, man and I love your work.
Are there any cooking shows or food shows that you enjoy watching? Whether they be on TV or YouTube?
There was a massive picture of your on the side of my bus, and I was wondering - have you ever seen an advert with your face on it in public, and how did that make you feel?
How many tambourines do you have stockpiled at home and what's your preferred tambourine shape? (You were phenomenal on Saturday btw!)
Yes! Someone informed me of this term yesterday, and I think it is brilliant.
I am self taught! Part of the enjoyment for me is learning new things and discovering techniques. I read a lot, watch youtube videos, attend workshops etc. I just started oils a few months ago and absolutely loving it now! Thanks so much!
Oh lord yes - on YouTube, Chef John, Gordon Ramsay, Brad Leone (BA), You Suck at Cooking
On TV, Alton Brown, Jacques Pepin, Anthony Bourdain
super wierd. i dont even like mirrors that much and a larger than life billboard makes me wanna puke
i have a collection of around1500-2000. Round ones and triangular
Were you worried that this “stunt” would distract from the hearing and Equifax to be become a secondary thought?
How big is that cat? Can you put a banana next to him for scale? Thanks
Is Jameela Jamil that gorgeous in real life?
That was definitely on my mind. I strategically tried to be most entertaining during the questions I thought were most important, in hopes that if I made it onto news shows, people would hear those questions and answers.
Fortunately, the coverage so far has been surprisingly focused on the issues! Especially my efforts around S.J. Res. 47 and the CFPB arbitration rule. So the activism was actually far more effective than I'd hoped at drawing attention to Equifax and Wells Fargo's misdeeds.
He's a big boy. When Im done answering questions ill try get a photo for science. Edit: the final link at the top has him pancaked on a chair now if that counts.
Next week baby!
Is there any way to bold these companies liable in criminal court since forced arbitration keeps them out of civil court?
I need this picture as well! Your art is amazing :)
More of a personal question feel free to not answer it, we all know balding is a tough thing to go through, how did you deal with yours?
Follow up to this guy's question... What gives on only giving us 5 seconds of version #218?
Unfortunately, private citizens cannot bring criminal claims. Only state and federal prosecutors can charge people with crimes.
I would love to see more prosecutions of corporate crime. But as it stands now, few charges are ever brought and they mostly result in small fines for the company rather than any prison time for the executives that broke the law. If corporations are people, the rest of us are second-class citizens in comparison.
While you were working full time and selling art on the side how did you find time to actually work on your art? I think a lot of us are very emotionally drained after a long day at work. It seems you were able to continue in the evenings and on weekends. Any tips for pursuing a discipline after workin' for the man all day?
Yes, and I am terrible at it.
I thankfully had pretty good working hours so could get back around 6.30pm. It just kind of became a daily/ weekend ritual. I enjoyed it as well! Which made it less taxing. Edit Spelling
Hey man get personal, I ain't mind - I got divorced last year
i think the show is amazing but it takes 8 hours to shoot and im pretty lazy
im going out for a mexiican and will raise a glass to the man himself
Where in Harlem do you do your food shopping for the show? You get some pretty unique ingredients.
Eleanerd here. If The Good Place were on HBO, what would you do differently?
Not nearly as long as my personal information will be at risk because of the Equifax data breach.
Piggybacking a bit. When news of the breach broke, everything was saying 145 million (or whatever the number was) people, then they would parrot "Which is about half of the country". My immediate thought was, after factoring minors and people without a credit report (for reasons other than age), only about half the population has a credit report. I guess I am suggesting that everyone who has a credit report got their info stolen, the "half the population" mantra was the most reassuring way they could word "All records".
maybe we kids over at r/losangeles can get a little crew to come over to your opening and celebrate with you.
Has there ever been anything you’ve attempted to make that has made you consider giving up cooking?
I used to want to be a chef until I tried making a gingerbread house. That thing fell apart almost as quickly as my dreams.
Hi Kristen, I think you are really funny in The Good Place, I binged the first season in a weekend and caught up to the episodes in season 2.
My question is, what is your favourite vegetarian or vegan food? Sincerely, a fan 😊
What is your favourite type of biscuit?
And what is your favourite brand of tea?
It’s gotta be hobnobs and yorkshire tea for me.
I have heard estimates that it was about 3/4 of the adult population, so very close. This is why we need serious Congressional action and agency oversight, not some mumbled apologies from Equifax executives.
Im really into peas- in any form. fresh, frozen, stirfried, you name it. they are a great source of everything a veg needs
Rich tea - stone cold classic and yorkshire tea
I'd love to swing by! I bought a print of the lion during your original reddit post and it's been above my desk ever since. Keep it up!
Hey Oliver. This isn't a food related question but I was wondering if maybe we could get a close up of your tattoos and maybe some backstories ? love your videos. thanks!
Hey Kristen, I recently saw the video of your fellow on-set actors reacting to the major S1 reveal. Their simultaneous gasps were hilarious to witness.
My question is, when did you find out about the reveal and, how did you handle it once you found out the truth?
If I had one months ago, I would have crashed the inauguration in character.
i learned about it before i signed onto the show. before the pilot was even written. it was exciting and guilt inducing to keep that secret from my friends the whole season?
I Like them roasted
Serious question: are you paid by non profits or is this on your free time? Do you have a full time career? I would like to get into activism but it's hard when you work a 9-5.
I really, really want to learn to draw well. I just don't know where to start. Do you have any advice on where to start? Stories like yours are inspiring. Congratulations!
It seems music is always playing while you cook. What is your favorite jam?
Is the la-z boy still in the middle of your family room?
Loving the new tunes! How does life as a modern rock n roll star compare to the rock n roll star life of the 90's?
This particular stunt was for my day job, as a Campaign Manager working to support the CFPB arbitration rule. But I also do organizing in my free time on other issues. It is very hard to balance work and activism, and jobs in this area are scarce and low-paying.
But that is one reason why I push for entertaining and creative activism! I hope folks can turn this kind of fun protest into a hobby that energizes us rather than tires us out.
Practice! As shown in the link above, basically didnt stop since I was 2. And still learning.
I either have Frasier/Star Trek TNG/Always Sunny/MST3K going in the background while cooking, or: Vulfpeck/Young Thug/Ariel Pink
What's the best way you've found to you market your work and find clients? Amazing work my friend
You have collaborated with other YouTube channels recently, are there any other people (YouTube or celebrity personalities) that you would like to work with?
What would you do if life handed you some lemons?
What needs to happen before you place a saxophone track on your next album? Ps. Will you come to the Netherlands anytime soon? Love ya bud!
Someone send Lord Buckethead to a protest, and we can get acquainted.
When my art first went viral I had a HUGE jump on my social media pages and so I tried to keep the momentum going on my facebook and Instagram over the years. Unfortunately the algorithms facebook use now are absolutely brutal on organic exposure (basically I have to pay for my followers to see my work). But it is still crucially important to have a strong social presence to connect directly with clients. I also submit to art blogs, go to art events and try and be pro-active on and offline.
I'm desperate to work with You Suck at Cooking but he's a busy busy man! And utterly anonymous!
1) What kind of laws you wish more people knew about that can help them financially for the future?
2) What can be done by everyone to help the process to start scrapping the social security card and getting a identification similar to the UK?
3) This is a really huge deal and seems like everyone is brushing it aside and letting people get away with this huge leak; What is currently being done to help mitigate this damage in the long foreseeable future?
Your art is really great and catchy. Do you find other people stealing your stuff to put on mugs and shit themselves?
eta: See you've already answered this. =)
Hello! My boyfriend and I are huge fans! Have you considered putting out merch? Like T-shirt’s and hoodies and maybe even rubber spatulas? I’d buy the shit out of your merch, just saying!
is it normal to get Little Mary Sunshine stuck in my head at odd hours?
These are great questions, but a bit outside my wheelhouse. I focus more on corporate accountability and access to the court system than credit reporting reform - hence my focus on S.J. Res. 47.
But I would check out my colleagues' work at the National Consumer Law Center and the Consumer Federation of America. They have been very active on these issues!
From what I glean though, this is a seriously endemic problem, and we need Congressional action to actually remedy the catastrophic damage done in this breach. So, again, call your Senators!
Keep an eye out! Definitely going to be dropping more and more product in the near future!
EDIT: and thank you!
VERY Normal. used to happen to me all the time, i even made shirts for the crew that said "YOURE LOVED BY MARY LANE" and thanks to your reminding me, it will now be in my head all day
no but there should be
Was it actual money in the bag? Also did you have any trouble with security?
How'd you go from front page to having showings in galleries? Did someone approach you?
Stumbled into you channel with the Prison Sauce Episode.
So far I've tried making Pasta Aioli, oven style Freddie's Ribs (came out amazing and I finally got a proper smoker for round two) going to do Dave's Carbonara later today for work meals.
A good amount of wit, smooth voice, a taste for good drinks and food and I've become hooked on your channel.
My question to you: propane or charcoal?
Can we work on getting some more nudity into the good place? or at least get Jason's shirt off every now and then? asking for . . . a friend?
How much marching powder had gone up your nose before the Norron interview?
Got standing tickets for Birmingham in december, can't fucking wait! Legend
It was not real money. Those were oversized hundred dollar bills my colleagues printed for their Forgo Wells activism around the Wells Fargo hearing, which took place on Tuesday. I did not have trouble going through security, though many Senate staffers gave me some odd looks!
I approached them! Leverage online presence into offline presence.
Thanks very much!!
Much as I love Hank Hill, I gotta go charcoal
i dont do cocaine before a performance smart ass. i wait until afterwards
Please tell me this is a thing. Cosplaying for a cause. Is this a movement or are you the first?
Could you explain how or who you approached, what was your pitch? You're so brace following your spirit like that. Thanks for the inspiration. I have a close friend whose artist and I've been telling them to do something similar but they have no idea where to start.
You have wonderful forearms (partial focal point of the show).. Do you do any exercises to combat all the large meals you make for the show? Do you meal prep?
Can Eleanor/Tahani be endgame?
Hi liam, as you were is awesome, what's your favourite alcoholic drink mate?
Someone informed me of this term last night! I did not coin it, but I think it is brilliant. I would honored to help create a movement of cause-players.
Hey Liam, what's your current favourite clothing brand besides your own? Cheers x
Where is your art for sale? The tigers done in the Hokusai style speak to me.
You referenced Mary Berry and Hollywood in one of your vids, you about that GBBO life?
Anytime I feel like I need a hug, I just throw on GBBO
Do you ever look at your art and get captured by how beautiful the work you make is? Is that an experience you can have as the creator of art like I have as an observer?
I just saw the rhino on your Instagram, and I am very picky about the art I like but man.. That blew me away, honestly, it would be the kind of art I would buy once I am fully done with my studies, absolutely stunning!
Hey! The wife and I are big fans.
Do you have a graveyard of over-requested meals that you think just won't make good episodes or are just too basic?
Any requests you are afraid are too intricate or beyond your ability?
Oh wow, I made it early to your AMA! Hi Kristen! I’m a huge fan, ever since your Lucy days in Assassin’s Creed. Loving The Good Place (foreshadowing in the first season was amazing!) and can’t wait for the episode coming out soon!
It seems like everyone has such great chemistry in The Good Place. What are some of the most silly outtakes that’s happpened?
Is there such a thing as too many sloths? If yes, how many is too many?
P.S. Anna is my favourite Disney princess.
Which song do you enjoy performing live the most?
Thank you! Um, yes and no. I think I get very critical with myself sometimes. A recent artwork I had to redo three times as I just was not happy with it and I guess I wanted to push myself more and more but I had to eventually set it aside. When I looked at it with a bit more of a fresh perspective it was not as bad as I thought haha. But I am really proud of my recent work (Rhino included!) and I think what makes me happiest is knowing I am changing and developing and hopefully getting better.
And yes to both - I actually shot one that turned out to be too simple/easy, no matter how much I tried to jazz it up: jam and toast from Wallace and Gromit. Still did a crossover episode with William Osman!
Too hard - definitely the opening scene from Eat Drink Man Woman! Literally anything from that scene! I'll make that inflated duck one day though.
LOTS of weird dancing from William Jackson Harper on the Goop Place. Ill post some videos on my instagram for ya. NEVER TOO MANY SLOTHS
Hi Mrs. Bell, I'm a huge fan of yours! Can I ask, what is the best thing a director can do for you on set? Thank you! :~)
Do you like reading on your free time? If so, what's your favorite type of book or material to read?
be blunt! i love clear direction. DO this, DONT do that. quick and efficient.
i don't read books, i only read minds
Have you done any paintings of Waffles? He looks like a LOT of fun, also is he a noisy cat?
Hey, I love the quality of your content! I was wondering if there was any particular method you use to determine which dish you make next?
Hi Kristen!!! I am in LOVE with you and with the Good Place. I don't think a show has ever hurt my brain as much as this one does. Can't wait for the new episode!!My question for you is, what is the funnest thing about working with Ted Danson?
edit: here's a relevant meme that made me laugh. https://twitter.com/JoshKurp/status/914941907234586624
What's currently your favourite song?
No not yet but he will be my muse soon enough. He is awesome but has just discovered meowing and likes to talk a lot.
Hah it is really by the seat of my pants - like I just realized this morning that I missed the season premiere of Curb Your Enthusiasm, so guess what the fuck next week's episode is gonna be.
watching him giggle when he breaks character, which is often
Would you say that other people spreading your art (including professionals/people in the industry) a major factor in becoming successful?
Would it be possible to do more grill based recipes a lá the House of Cards episode?
If you could steal a smooch from any guy in Hollywood who would it be?
What are the chances of seeing some Pretty Green US Stores?
Major factor! I think getting exposure for your art is absolutely key.
Doing Katz's Pastrami from When Harry Met Sally in the very near future - going to need to utilize my buddy's smoker again!
definitely up for bringing it to the US
Who is one band that you'd love to open for?
As you were! x
every single way. I helped shape who she was. Leading with her heart alwaya, goofy and clumsy but unafraid to take a challenge
hey Andrew. My question is : how do you get your dulcet tones so silky smooth? They spread metaphorical honey on my burnt toast on a weekly basis.
How do you deal with your mental health when you are so busy?
You are the Stone Cold Steve Austin of music. Who is your favourite wrestler?
Please play Gas Panic in december.
Gaww thanks - I admit I use an equalizer to make it sound a lil richer, but other than that, just good luck I suppose!
big daddy. Old Skool
Have you ever had trouble keeping in shape with all those wonderful foods around you?
Hi Kristen, is Annie really your middle name? ILY
Hah I do my best to eat clean and exercise every day of the week that I'm not shooting the show :P
Hey Andrew! My roommate and I are big fans, and since we moved into our new dorm with a kitchen we've made a bunch of your recipes.
As fellow NYC residents, what's the most unique/notable dish you've found here?
What would be your Bad Place torture?
Also, what advice would you give to someone who identifies with Chidi a little bit too much?
Thanks Kristen! The Good Place is my favorite show on tv by far!
One of my favorites is Gnocco Fritto at Via Emilia - it's a simple enough Italian fritter served with charcuterie - but something about it, I don't know, it's fucking fabulous. And it's the only place you can get it in the city as far as I know!
How do you take your garbage plate and whats your favourite place to get one?
Are there any roles you've turned down that you wish you hadn't, or vice versa? Any upcoming projects you can tell us about?
Are you going to add Europe, South America and Asia dates for your tour next year? Please fucking do, As You Were was amazing and there are so many people desperate to see you!
White hots, hot sauce, Henrietta Hots
What helps you when you are frustrated and in a creative block? I'm in a bad writers block and I'm trying to break it
Hi Kristen! Other than Crosby who is your favorite parenthood character?
What was the first band you were into after you were hit on the head with the hammer?
Kidding - sort of - but seriously, meditation and a good night's sleep. Laying off the booze for a few days. Getting rid of some of that fog.
Mae whitman as amber. Or truthfully, Mae Whitman as Mae Whitman. shes the greatest light bulb we have
Other than J. Kenji López-Alt, who are some chefs that inspire you?
How often do you visit the mitten and where are your favorite place to go while your here?
about once a year and we love getting up to the lakes
Hey Andrew! Thanks for doing an AMA on top of your already pretty great engagement on your subreddit.
Probably the most interesting question I can think of is what recipes using fictional ingredients do you most want to try, and what might you use instead of the fantasy components?
Do you want to build a snowman?
Hello LG, you was rockin at Benicassim fest chief
1, What's your favourite song off the new album?
2, Please can you add more Manchester dates for the tour? I couldn't manage a ticket
No problem bro!
Definitely Harry Potter foods - they all sound so tempting, and so practically out of reach!
When are we getting the Bedtime with Babish episode where you read us Go the Fuck to Sleep?
Hi, thank you so much for doing this! I saw the video you took (Spoilers) of the cast's reation to the amazing twist at the end of season one of the Good Place. My question is, what was your reaction when you were told about it? Were you just as surprised?
Soon as I get the rights to it haha
i was told before the pilot was even written so i kept the secret the whole time!
Any plans to branch out to do recipes that aren't in movies/shows?
Kristen Bell. You beautiful son a bitch. You're so damn awesome!
If Veronica Mars and Jeannie Van Der Hooven were in a fight to the death, who would win?
Absolutely - new show coming out, Basics with Babish, is going to be a purely instructional series, accompanied by a biweekly livestream cookalong!
WOOF. this is a tough one. i think we'd have to dig two graves
Hi, I've watched all your episodes ever since I first saw your szechuan sauce episode posted here on Reddit, love your work.
This is more a request than a question, but would you ever try to recreate cheesy blasters from 30 rock?
Hey! Huge fan of House of Lies. What is it like working with Don Cheadle?
Oh that is totally happening soon.
don cheadle is a king. hes smart funny and a hell of a leader. and a great friend. he has no bad qualities which is very annoying
Debbie Gwyther.. She has 3
What's a cuisine or cooking style you wish you knew more about?
What is the thing you are most grateful about?
What's a good Winston o boogie tune to bang on for his birthday?
The entirety of SE Asia - I have very little grasp of it and I wish I knew more about it/could cook it better!
day in the life
Have you ever considered having Action Bronson on the show?
Is there anything quirky that you ask for when on a tv or movie set from kraft services or in your trailer?
its gotta be the Beatles as they have more tunes
if kit came out of rkids mouth its gotta be true